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Tips and tricks to prepare for Analytical writing section in GRE Exam

GRE Preparation Tips-How to prepare for the Analytical Writing Section

The Analytical Writing section in the GRE exam is going to test your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It is not going to assess any specific content knowledge rather it is going to assess your ability to articulate and support complex ideas.

What do we have in the Analytical Writing section?

  • A 30-minute “Analyze an Issue” task

The issue task presents an opinion on an issue of broad interest followed by specific instructions on how to respond to that issue. You are required to evaluate the issue, considering its complexities, and then develop an argument with reasons and examples to support your views.

  • A 30-minute “Analyze an Argument” task

The Argument task presents a different challenge from that of the Issue task. It requires you to evaluate a given argument according to specific instructions. You will need to consider the logical soundness of the argument rather than to agree or disagree with the position it presents.

The tasks in the Analytical writing section relate to a broad range of subjects i.e. from the fine arts and humanities o the social and physical sciences but remember no task requires specific content knowledge. In fact, each task possesses characteristics such as:-

  • The tasks elicited the kinds of complex thinking and persuasive writing that university faculty consider important for success in graduate school.
  • The responses were varied in content and in the way the writers developed their ideas.

Tips to make a strategy for the Analytical Writing section

  1. It is most important to budget your time. Within the 30-minute time limit for the issue task, you will need to allow sufficient time to consider the issue and specific instructions plan a response and, compose your essay.
  2. Save a few minutes at the end of each task to check for obvious errors. Although an occasional spelling or grammatical error will not affect your score, severe and persistent errors will detract from the overall effectiveness of your writing and thus lower your score.
  3. Although GRE readers understand the time constraints under which you write and will consider your response a first draft, they still want it to be the best possible example of your writing that you can produce under the testing conditions.

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